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The Greatest Pleasure, drawing by Elaine Kaufmann

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The Greatest Pleasure, 2008, pencil on paper, 12" x 9.5"

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International Design is a series of pencil drawings that appropriate the layout and text of articles about home design. In each drawing, I replace the article’s original photograph with an image of housing in the developing world. By juxtaposing luxury with conditions stemming from rapid urbanization in the global south, I connect the fantasies of first-world affluence with the production of third-world poverty. This relationship reveals how newspapers and magazines promote the extremes of wealth and poverty as natural and unproblematic.